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Defense Sustainability Budgets to Rise 7.3%

Buyer sustainability management budgets in the defense industry are expected to rise by 7.3 percent over the next 12 months, compared to respondents’ previously expected increase of 7 percent in 2011 and 6.8 percent in 2010, according to a report by Strategic Defense Intelligence.

Energy-efficient facilities and composite stack materials are the products and services that are most expected to see an increase in demand, with 45 percent and 33 percent of respondents from defense organizations predicting an uptick in these areas, respectively, according to Sustainability in the Global Defense Industry 2012-2013: Trends and Opportunities, Budgets, Defense Industry Procurement, and Marketing Initiatives.

Respondents to the survey from defense organizations consider reduction of energy consumption, waste minimization and reductions in water consumption to be critical factors for supplier selection, the report says.

Some 55 percent of respondents say that the use of video conferencing is a key energy efficiency measure they have implemented. The use of energy efficient facilities or control systems and the setting of specific savings goals are the other most implemented energy efficiency measures, as noted by 43 percent and 42 percent of respondents.

Some 59 percent of defense buyer respondents consider recycling to be the most-used practice for waste management, while landfill and incineration are the other widely followed practices, according to 29 percent and 18 percent of respondents.

The top three regions expected to experience the fastest growth in the defense industry in the next 12 months are the US, Germany, and the UK, as stated by 57 percent, 55 percent, and 48 percent of respondents, the report says.

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